Asuman Baba


Organization: Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA)
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Year: 2014

MRP/Thesis abstract:

The Role of Turkish ODA in International Development Assistance

The global aid architecture is rapidly changing due in part to the emergence of new aid providers. The development co-operation landscape is becoming more complex and diverse with new approaches and attempts introduced by emerging actors. In the past ten years, Turkey increased its development assistance and demonstrated its ambition to become more active in promoting global development. Given such changes, the main objective of this research paper is to understand the role of Turkey in development cooperation. It aims to examine the reasons why Turkey is becoming increasingly involved in development assistance programs. In particular, it seeks to know if Turkey is emerging as a distinct donor that has interest in changing the global aid architecture. The study finds that Turkish development assistance is an integral aspect of its new foreign policy as the country aims to restore its past imperial image through its development assistance programs.